David Klass was born in Vermont on March 8th, 1960 and raised in Leonia, New Jersey. His parents, Morton and Sheila Klass, were also into books. Sheila Klass was an author herself, which inspired him to become one. He did not see himself as an author though, until late in high school. Because he was very engaged in sports as a teenager, his original goal was to be a pro athlete. Later, he realized a more realistic goal would be trying to get into Yale and become an author.
In college, he stayed involved in sports by playing baseball for Yale. But it wasn't only sports that he succeeded in at Yale; he also won an award for best creative writing as an undergraduate.
After graduating college, David Klass went on to become an English teacher in a high school in Atami, Japan. This area of Japan near Tokyo inspired him to write his books The Atami Dragons and Breakaway Run. Some books by other authors that inspired him were Treasure Island, Call of the Wind, and White Fang. David Klass writes realistic fiction and science fiction books, but they all focus on teens because of the time he spent with teens at the Atami high school.
An interesting fact about David Klass is that he lived in Los Angeles for a while to write screenplays for producers. One great achievement was that Firestorm, one of his more recent works, was the 1st book to ever be endorced by Greenpeace.
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"David Klass." Something About the Author.142nd ed. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale
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